1. What does XAM mean? I have no clue.
2. Is this the first section of the series. It has to be to be posted here.
3. Answer these questions and I'll read with enthusiasm.
4. Oh, and does it make sense to number them? How many are there? gg
From the author foreword:
When I wrote XAM: Paragraph Series in 1998, I was in those cities and locations cited in the headers of these passages. I see the pieces as related prose poems—not as verses, per se, not as short stories, and not as essays or essayettes. A prose poem, as I have practiced it, is two pages or fewer in length and uses language, rather than temporal events, as the first given. Glimpses of action, person (not as in fiction, “character”), and scene may also appear in them. Prose poems are less calculated than fiction and less tightly crafted than a short story or short poem; they are less pre-meditated. Perhaps they are more rhythmic. My friend, Michael J. Kelly, admitted to finding the rhythms in XAM to be difficult to follow. It reminds me that rhythm is something also personal. The best rhythmic writing would be “beatest.” Yuan is my codeword for today.
14 prose poems
One per page, not numbered, with headers
Lithokons by mIEKAL aND
30 pages, color or b/w
Publisher of Hannah Weiner's WEEKS
This is extremely helpful to me in orienting myself in space and time and learning about prose poetry. I still don't know what Xam is supposed to mean though. Sorry if I seem so thick. I just need a lot of context. Number them for me, too, so I know were I am and can refer back to them. thanks. gg
OK. I sort of get it. It's a series of prose poetry about sound. But this isn't going to work for this group at over three thousand words a segment. Each segment or chapter must be self-contained and no longer than 800 words. That is the max. It is all I can read at once. It also leaves open the option for a segment as future flash fiction. This as it is is innappropriate for this group. Think FLASH. I can't read this through.
That is the text of XAM: Paragraph Series without the art that was published with it. The 14 prose poems are in one place on that page. Eject if it doesn't fit the criteria for the group. It fits in other places.
I would never "eject." Can you post each of the 14 separately on each main page so we can give it our full focus? 'that was the intention of the group, not hitting us all at once with the whole thing, slow, savoring, piece by piece. 'that's the only way I can absorb and give feedback. Otherwise, I'm totally lost and your work doesn't fir the group model. gg
Decided not to post each prose poem separately. I will stay in group and post if I write a flash series. Thanks!
Charles Dicken's novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback
We've all seen them scattered among the flash fiction, these "little" segments of "enormous" stories trying to pass for small. I admit I've tried to do it myself with a story I really, really want read but no one here will read 7000 pages. It took a lot of work to change the serial format which to me is more readable and accessible.
Anything longer than 1500 words a section is verboten and has plenty of place on groups for longer stories and novel excerpts. Not here. Not among these flash fiction pieces linked together by a theme, but which can also stand alone.
Just as flash and microfiction are tiny stories that tell a life and are self-contained, so are the "sections" of the flashes in these linked serial stories. They are linked, but they each carry within them the whole of a story. This is not, in contrast, a "chapter book." It fits the Fictionaut model perfectly.